7:30 p.m. | Husky Stadium | Seattle
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Update (10:09 p.m.) Game on. After more than a two-hour weather delay, football will commence at Husky Stadium. Chris Petersen walked out to the field, took the mic and said, “Can you hear me, Dawg fans? We’re rolling at 10:30. Call your friends and get them back in the stadium.”
Grab some popcorn and hot cocoa. It’s going to be a late one. Stick around for updates the rest of the game. Here’s a full story on the scene inside Husky Stadium, and another on the more than 1,200 lightning strikes in the Seattle area Saturday night.
0:20 | Washington 19, Cal 17 Cal is inches away from the lead. The play is under review, but Chris Brown Jr. was ruled just short of the goal line, setting up a field goal, likely for the game, on fourth down from about 17 yards away.
2:05 | Washington 19, Cal 17 Peyton Henry is … GOOD! from 50 yards, a new career long — in one of the highest-stakes kicks of his career, too.
5:57 | Cal 17, Washington 16 Well, here we go. The ever-reliable Husky defense forces a three-and-out and Jacob Eason will get the ball back in his hands at his own 37-yard line with just under six minutes of game time left, down one point.
7:11 | Cal 17, Washington 16 If not for a false start on fourth down from Corey Luciano, we may be looking at a Husky lead (or still a four-point deficit). Instead, UW is pushed back five yards and Peyton Henry comes on to make this a one-point game
Third-quarter thoughts from Mike Vorel:
We’re about to see what Washington is made of.
The UW defense certainly didn’t show much in the third quarter. Cal scored touchdowns on both of its drives, gaining 148 yards on 19 plays. The Golden Bears amassed a whopping 122 yards on the ground, thanks in part to some very poor Husky tackle attempts. UW trails 17-13 entering the fourth quarter and its 15-game home winning streak is in serious jeopardy.
The UW offense, meanwhile, converted a field goal in its only third quarter drive. The 14-play march stalled at the Cal 4-yard line when Andre Baccellia caught a pass from Eason but drifted out of bounds.
0:50 | Cal 17, Washington 13 We wondered if failing to get seven points on the last drive would come back to haunt the Huskies, and in the immediate at least, that has proven true. Chase Garbers and Marcel Darcy lead the Bears down the field to answer Washington’s field goal with a touchdown — and take their first lead of the game. This one will come down to the fourth quarter, where we’ll find out what Jacob Eason is made of.
5:50 | Washington 13, Cal 10 Andre Baccellia comes this close to coming down with the go-ahead touchdown, but his feet land just out of bounds. Washington is forced to settle for a 21-yard field goal from Peyton Henry.
11:56 | Washington 10, Cal 10 It’s all tied up. Cal drives 75 yards on eight plays to march into the end zone and tie this one up. Marcel Dancy caps it off by bouncing off a few tacklers for a 20-yard dash into the end zone.
Halftime thoughts from Mike Vorel:
Jacob Eason completed 75 percent of his passes and threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover against Eastern Washington.
This is not Eastern Washington.
At halftime, UW has a narrow 10-3 lead over Cal and its junior quarterback has completed 8 of 14 passes for 63 yards with an interception and a lost fumble. But those statistics may also be deceptive. Four – yes, fout – of Eason’s six incompletions have been drops, and the interception probably should have been hauled in by tight end Hunter Bryant. Cornerback Camryn Bynum out-muscled him on a crossing route and ripped the ball away.
Still, it hasn’t been all bad for UW. The Husky defense has sacked Cal QB Chase Garbers three times and allowed 90 total yards. They’ve also rushed for 92 yards and 4.2 yards per carry, including a 21-yard Salvon Ahmed touchdown on fourth-and-1.
The Golden Bears will get the ball to begin the second half.
7:59 | Washington 10, Cal 0 Touchdown, Washington! Salvon Ahmed takes the fourth-down handoff 21 yards for the score. Remember, Richard Newton took a direct snap on fourth down last week and scored a 23-yard touchdown.
10:54 | Washington 3, Cal 0 Well, we knew he wasn’t going to be perfect forever. Trying to find Hunter Bryant, Jacob Eason instead found the hands of Cal DB Camryn Bynum for Eason’s first interception as a Husky.
14:57 | Washington 3, Cal 0 More than three hours since this game first kicked off, the first points are on the board. Peyton Henry boots a ball 36 yards through the uprights for three points.
First-quarter thoughts from Mike Vorel:
The first quarter went just as everyone thought it would.
OK, not really. But, following a two-hour, 39-minute lightning delay, play has resumed at Husky Stadium. The UW defense has shown up early, as sophomore Joe Tryon and redshirt freshman Tuli Letuligasenoa have both claimed sacks of Cal QB Chase Garbers. The offensive line is also doing its part with 53 rushing yards. The Huskies have struggled to sustain drives, however, and are 0-4 on third down.
9:46 | Washington 0, Cal 0 More than two and a half hours later, PLAY RESUMES! Mercifully. The Huskies start with the ball.
9:46 | Washington 0, Cal 0 Well, we warned of Dawg weather. It has arrived. We’re in a weather delay at Husky Stadium, with fans being asked to leave their seats. We’ll see how long this lasts. Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:
Half an hour into the delay, THE STADIUM LIGHTS HAVE GONE OUT.
Good news: The stadium lights are back on. Bad news: We still have to wait half an hour past the last lightning strike to restart the game … which doesn’t appear to be close.
Our Percy Allen braved the conditions outside the press box and navigated the concourse to talk with some fans during the weather delay. “It’s like being a sardine,” said UW fan Valerie Nelson. “But everybody has been really polite and happy.” Every fan in Husky Stadium had to leave their seats to find shelter.
13:16 | Washington 0, Cal 0 He can throw, he can run, he can kick. Jacob Eason can do it all, folks. Except slide past the first-down line. After taking a sack on the first offensive snap of the game, Eason pump faked and scrambled out of pressure on third and 11 … but slid two yards short of the first down line, despite more room to run. The UW offense stays out for fourth down, and Eason pooches the ball inside the 5.
7:36 p.m. Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready performs the national anthem. Kickoff is coming up.
7:05 p.m. Senior center Nick Harris will play tonight after exiting the season opener in the first half. He came out for warm ups wearing a brace on his left knee. Ty Jones, Julius Irvin, Trey Lowe and Jacob Kizer are all not suited up after not playing last week, however.
6:13 p.m. A quick look around the Pac-12 reveals a conference that, for a second straight week, isn’t doing anything to buck its reputation. UCLA lost to San Diego State and Arizona State eked out a win over Sacramento State. But Colorado escaped Nebraska with an upset after the Huskers missed a field goal in overtime and Oregon is out to an early lead over Nevada.
- Washington State 59, Northern Colorado 17
- Utah 35, Northern Illinois 17
- San Diego State 23, UCLA 14
- Oregon 35, Nevada 6 (halftime)
- Arizona State 19, Sacramento State 7 (Friday)
6:06 p.m. We could be in for some Dawg weather tonight. Seattle Weather Blog reports we could see rain, thunder and lightning after 8 p.m. tonight. Ninety minutes until kickoff, though, Montlake is still looking beautiful.